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Dyson’s new AR feature shows where you’ve (and haven’t) vacuumed

If this news had been announced a week ago, it could easily have been mistaken for an April Fool’s Day move by some company. However, Dyson assures us that the augmented reality vacuum cleaner is real and will launch in June – sadly a bit late for spring cleaning.

CleanTrace will be available on the Dyson Gen5 inspection system when it launches in the summer. Press photos gloss over the technology a bit, as it will be for phones, not Apple Vision Pro or Meta Quest headsets. While this kind of head-up AR seems possible, ultimately one has to question how many people would want to vacuum with a computer on their head.

The system is a bit silly and completely unnecessary, but that’s the fun of it, isn’t it? It won’t disappoint anyone on the fence about an ultra-high-end $700 vacuum, but it’s not the most ridiculous thing Dyson has shown the world.

The company says the feature is influenced by its own robotic vacuum mapping. “We realized we could all learn a thing or two from robot vacuums’ systematic approach to cleaning,” notes Charlie Park, Dyson’s vice president of engineering. “Unlike most humans who do cleaning work, Dyson robots know where they are in a room, where they have been and where they have not been.”

In the demo, the system created a purple (Dyson’s color) overlay that showed the vacuum’s path to that point. The goal is to make the entire room the same color to make sure you’ve hit all the spots and aren’t just relying on your technically outdated eyeballs.

As someone who vacuums almost every morning, I’m inclined to believe Dyson, which states: “Our research shows that consumers often overestimate how long they spend cleaning – data shows that around 80% of cleaning times last to 10 minutes, but people claim they vacuum for an average of 24 minutes each time.”

This statement ultimately boils down to the fact that most people hate vacuuming because most people hate housework. As a result, we tend to vastly overestimate the amount of time we spend doing it each day. Hey, it would be great if CleanTrace could save a little time and make the process more efficient. If it ends up being popular with users, is vacuum gamification that far off?

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